“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” 1 John 5:19-21
John lived in a day when idolatry was everywhere. The great Temple to Diana had taken two hundred years to complete. Beautiful 60 foot pillars held up the magnificent structure. Sculptures of Aphrodite, Mars, Mercury and Zeus in various states were on display throughout. Gardens were all around, adorned with trophies from war, as well as sculptures and paintings by the finest artists in all of Greece. In the center stood the goddess covered in a Persian silk veil. Thousands would come to the temple to worship, filling it with smoke from incense and offerings. The trumpets would sound, the veil would be removed and the people would fall prostate to the Satanic black ebony statue upon the black marble pedestal.
In today’s world it’s easy to be distracted by the ‘idols.’ I’m not talking about statues. Today people worship many things, not the least of which is acceptance. We are so scared of offending or being rejected by someone that we refuse to tell people the truth. As John clearly states, the truth is Jesus. Diana didn’t last, today her temple is in ruins, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is eternal. The popular, rich and famous who worshiped Diana and rejected Christ may have seemed better off at that time, but their life, like their idol, was temporary. I challenge you to stay true to the faith. Walk close to the only true God. Share the Truth everywhere. And, never allow the temporal idolatry of the world around you to discourage you from your eternal hope in Christ.